Then Came You by Becky Wade

June 14, 2018

Title: Then Came You
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 158
Publication Date: March 17th, 2017

About the Book:
A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he's not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he'll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There's something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.
My Thoughts:
I read the first book of the series last year, True to You, but then I noticed that there was a prequel. After falling in love with the character in True to You, I was happy to dive back in time with Garner Bradford.

He is a man who has made some bad decisions and dealt with some hard consequences, and then was given a hard blow that shook his world. He thought he had found the girl of his dreams with a beautiful french woman on holiday touring the world. He let things get carried away and she got pregnant. A month after she delivered the baby, she handed Willow, their daughter, over to him and left. A single dad with a crushed heart and not much of an idea on how to care for a baby. He is left floundering.

Months after Willow's mother left, he meets a girl at church who is stable, loving and caring for all those around her. They marry and soon after have a daughter. Willow is an older sister to Nora. All seems right with world...till tragedy strikes. Garner a widower and single dad again. After everything he has dealt with, he swears off relationships....which after everything is said and done, I don't blame him. It is a huge shock to the emotions and mind. He treads the water of life. It takes him a while to get back among the living. He has help of family and a nanny, they make life bearable.

Garner keeps getting hit. He take has situations that would make some people cringe and want to curl up and hide, but he tries to rely on faith. It's hard, but he tries.

When love comes his way again, he is leery, and does his best to avoid it. But, God has other plans. It takes time for him to realize that.

I love stories that are written journal style. They are so relatable and just capture me up! Maybe because I like to snoop sometimes....just saying.

Becky Wade brings a cast of characters that are life like. They are flawed. They deal with issues and make mistakes and deal with their decisions. Life isn't perfect, and that comes through. However, God's love shines in the writing. We are flawed, we hurt, we question, but God is there. Becky shows that in her stories.

I downloaded this story on audible. I have to say, I loved it! There were two narrators. I love when that happens. They enhanced the story and really made it pop! I couldn't recommended this recording any more.

5 out of 5

Have you read this prequel? What are your thoughts?

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